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Frozen Shoulder Syndrome: How Pottsville Sufferers Can Improve With Chiropractic Care

Frozen Shoulder

98% of patients studied with Frozen Shoulder Syndrome (Adhesive Capsulitis) responded positively

Suffering from frozen shoulder syndrome?  Relax… it is a common condition presenting to a variety of health care practitioners including chiropractors, osteopaths, medical doctors, and physical therapists.  It is also referred to as adhesive capsulitis.   However, the cause of it remains poorly understood.  Women do suffer from it about 3 to 7 times more often than men do.  It usually strikes between 40 and 60 years of age.

A recent consenous definition of frozen shoulder was published by the American shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.  They said frozen shoulder is characterized by a sudden onset, usually without trauma.  There is painful restriction of numerous motions of the shoulder but reaching behind your back is the most painful and restricted.  There may be night pain and difficulty with sleep.  X-rays of the shoulder typically are negative.

A recent published study described the treatment and outcomes of a series of patients presenting with frozen shoulder syndrome who received a chiropractic approach (OTZ Tension Adjustment) which was mostly neck and mid back adjustments.

In this study, the files of 50 consecutive patients who presented to a private chiropractic practice with frozen shoulder syndrome were reviewed.  Of the case files reviewed, 20 were male and 30 were female; and all were between the ages of 40 and 70 years.   Each patient received a series of chiropractic manipulative procedures that focused on the cervical (neck) and thoracic (mid back) spine.

The average number of days under care was 28 days (range, 11 to 51 days).  The median drop in pain was 7 points using the Numeric Pain Rating Scale (range, 0 to 10).  Of the 50 cases, 16 resolved completely (100% improvement), 25 showed 75% to 90% improvement, 8 showed 50% to 75% improvement, and 1 showed 0% to 50% improvement.


98% of patients treated with frozen shoulder syndrome were reported to have improved with chiropractic care.


Murphy F., Hal, M., D’Amico L., Jensen A., (2012) Chiropractic management of frozen should syndrome using a novel technique: a retrospective case series of 50 patients, Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 11, 267-272